Duda is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Orioles, according to Roger Mooney of the Tampa Bay Times. Duda is hitting just .192 against left-handers this season, so he will be held out Friday with southpaw Wade Miley on the mound for the Orioles. With Duda out, Logan Morrison will play first base for the Rays and Evan Longoria will serve as the designated hitter.
Duda is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Yankees, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. As per usual, Duda will head to the bench with a left-handed pitcher (Jordan Montgomery) toeing the rubber for the opposition. In his place, Trevor Plouffe will bat seventh and serve as the designated hitter.
Duda went 1-for-4 with a three-run homer Saturday against the Orioles. Duda blasted his 13th bomb with the Rays in the third inning to give the Rays a 3-1 lead in a game they'd go on to win. Although he's launched five homers this month, he's hitting below .160 in September, and that's been a reflection of the hitter he's been since joining Tampa Bay in late July.
Duda is out of the lineup Wednesday against the Cubs, Marc Topkin of the Tampa Bay Times reports. The left-handed Jon Lester is headed to the hill for the Cubs, so Duda will take a seat Wednesday night. Cesar Puello will serve as the Rays' DH while Duda gets the night off.
Duda is out of Friday's lineup against the Red Sox. The Rays face lefty Chris Sale so they will go with a righty-heavy lineup. Cesar Puello gets the start at DH, hitting eighth.
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